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Optometry Scotland educates profession on GOS changes

Events across the country were attended by 450 professionals

Samantha Watson

Almost 450 practitioners have attended roadshows hosted by Optometry Scotland that aimed to support optometrists with the country’s new regulatory changes.

The optical body held the free-to-attend events in five locations across Scotland late last year.

The roadshows educated practitioners about the changes to General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) in the NHS in Scotland, which came into effect on 1 October 2018.

Chair of Optometry Scotland, Samantha Watson, said: “We’re delighted that so many turned out for our roadshow events – it’s great to be engaging closely with professionals in communities, while better understanding their unique needs and raising awareness of collective aims.”

Optometry Scotland confirmed that it would expand the face-to-face events to offer a webinar version that will enable it to “reach even more professionals, particularly in rural communities.”

Ms Watson emphasised: “We believe it’s vital that ophthalmic teams are well supported in the effective delivery of GOS, including a strong understanding of fresh amendments to the original 2006 regulations, payment verification arrangements, eOphthalmic and more.”